11/30/2006 11:13:00 pm

Photos Make a Blog Look Good

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At U2.jpg

I thought even though my digital camera is dead, I'll steal someone elses photos. This is us at U2.

Thanks Tim.

11/30/2006 11:00:00 pm

A Few Hours

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Some days are harder than others. But there certainly were a few hours of happy goodness in there today.

11/29/2006 11:53:00 pm

Star

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I went and did the Christmas Assembly today at the primary school and they laughed at my jokes. It was reported by a year 6 friend of mine that even the year sixes laughed, which means I won. The year six crew are always the audience I'm playing for because they're the toughest nuts to crack.

I walked out into the play ground and the boys who had been acting in the scripture play were in front of me wearing big sunnies and looking very Hollywood. There were a few girls in year four who had developed crushes on the and followed at a distance asking me for their email addresses.

I, on the other hand, got mobbed by kids in infants school. They seem to express their affection by punching you and trying to pull your pants down. I sat down on a bench to stop them from taking my clothes and they all sat on top of me, like 20 of them. The whole child protection thing was making me feel rather uncomfortable at this stage. When I tried to leave they wouldn't let me go. They blocked my path and I couldn't touch them to move the out of my way because of them old CP guidelines. For the first time in my life (but I'm sure not the last) I thought "I need a bodyguard!".

In the end I managed to escape when some of the actors came through the playground and the kids went off to punch them. I ended up signing a few autographs for some of the remaining kids, "Mr French", and chatting about something or other till the bell went.

I visited the staff room after that because there was meant to be a morning tea on for the Scripture Teachers. The room was packed full of people I didn't recognise so I got a glass of water, skulled it, then left. I don't think anyone noticed I was ever there.

11/28/2006 10:46:00 pm

Day

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I did go to the beach today, I did have fun and I did get burnt.

Then I went to hang out with my Little Brother. We went to Homebush Aquatic Centre and aquated around. It was good fun. I did feel a little old and hairy to be playing on the water slide and in the rapids, but that's ok. I'm used to feeling a little old for the fun I partake in. We had fun.

When I drop my LB off I went in and hung around with his family a bit. They invited me to stay for dinner, so I did. It was really nice. They're a pretty hectic family. But I like them lots. I got to look at his little sister's home work, read a book with his little brother. And eat dinner with the whole family. I had fun.

Tomorrow I'm off to the Public School to do my Annual Christmas Stand-Up Routine. I hope I'm still "the funny guy." I could be a flop. Actually I should worry about the message, but that doesn't give you an instant response like laughter does, so it's hard to worry about it as much.

I hope I'm funny and effective. Yeppers.

11/28/2006 09:29:00 am

Getting Personal

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Hello Liam.

I just thought I'd say "Hi" because I know you're out there at some computer somewhere. I know that right now you're thinking of me. Actually, even if you're not Liam, right now you're thinking of me. For as long as you're reading this blog I will be forefront in your mind. Or at least, some of the front. So perhaps I'll keep typing to continue to hold this prime place in your neuro-lobes. That's a medical term I made up.

Anyway, Liam. I just wanted to say "Hello". I did enjoy standing with you shooting the poop on the verandah of the Skiffity club on Saturday. You looked rather swish in the most platonic of man complimentary ways.

Cheers,

Tom

P.S. Hi Mum.

11/27/2006 10:47:00 pm

Woo!

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I'm going to the beach tomorrow. Rayhoo!

11/26/2006 11:58:00 am

Single

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Tonight on Christian radio I heard a 14 year old say, on the subject of singleness, that if you don't have a partner either it's either because "God is testing you, or there's someone just around the corner." If only it were that simple.

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Make Show, Make Weddings, Make Watch Movie

Impact went rather well yesterday. It was good doing it in a professional theatre this time. Quick bump in, quick bump out. I get put on the side of the stage with the DVD player. It meant I missed watching the show, but I got to see all the performers and hang with the stage crew. I felt a little guilty because my job mainly involves me pressing "Skip Chapter" on a DVD remote for two hours. Everyone else performs or runs around or stuff like that. I just press a button or two.

The DVD for Part One was way smooth, no worries. The DVD for Part Two was a worry. It skipped a few times, made little sounds here and there and threatened to pack it in. I think it was a bad burn of the DVD. I only discovered this as we were performing because we didn't get to do a tech run or dress rehearsal for Part Two yesterday. Oh well. It made it through. The show was good. We went to the pub after which was happy.

Today I didn't catch the ferry. I was going to Manly because I had two weddings, both in Manly. I thought catching the ferry would be fun. Which it would have been. But in the end I chose not to because I couldn't find anywhere to store a book as I traveled.

Wedding One, Mike and Kristen, was at 9:30am. Very early for a wedding. I think I like the idea of an early wedding. Maybe because it makes the whole thing seem a bit fresh and new. It was a nice, straight forward wedding. It was good to see my friends, even some friends who I hadn't seen the night before. I didn't get to say "Hello" to Mike and Kristen, but "Yip!" for them.

Wedding Two, Graham and Ange, was at midday, so I had to kill a bit of time hanging out on the Corso. I talked to the wedding stragglers for as long as possible then perused the shops looking for wedding presents. I found none. That filled enough time for me to be a few minutes early to the wedding.

I was worried at this one that I wouldn't know any people, but there turned out to be a few of my ex-college mates, and the college dean there, so I had people to talk to.

The wedding nice. Even more traditional than the first one. No singing, just organ. But I liked it. It was short and two the point. None of this extravagant production stuff. So I was happy.

During photo time I went out to have a steak and a beer with Meg and Dave, me old married, college mates. They were fun and made sure I wasn't a loner while regailing me with insights into the ashes and stories of Guy Sebastian.

We went to the Wedding reception and recepted the wedded ones. That was more college reunion and happy times to be had.

So congrats to Kristen and Mike and Ange and Graham.

Tonight Ryan and I saw Borat. It was funny, and very rude. I'm not sure what my verdict is yet. I hope it wasn't real people being set up, but I think it was. That was rather mean I think.

Now I sleep.

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If that was Impact, we've done it.

Now it's bed time. I'm getting up at 6am because I'm catching a Ferry tomorrow! Woohoo!

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Keating

We went to see Keating tonight at Belvoir St. It's a musical about the politcal career of Paul Keating. It's very, very funny. Grandpa, you should see it, you'd like it.

I have the feeling none of the audience were Liberal voters. They were pretty happy to see Alexander Downer in drag and John Howard being... John Howard. I think it was the most enjoyable Belvoir production in ages.

I think The West Wing should have done a musical episode like Buffy.

I've got "Keating" in the headings of two posts in a row. Who'd have thought we'd see that day? Probably no-one, because, let's admit it, nobody spends much time thinking about possible trends in the headings of my blog posts, not even me, and I love myself.

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Ain't No John Keating

I had my last ever scripture lesson with my year sixes at the primary school today. I was determined to have a good lesson. But traffic was bad, so I didn't get to plan. However that didn't matter in the end because a small but significant group talked the whole way through the lesson which meant that we didn't get anything done. Most of the class talked. But some of the class talked, and shouted, and ran around all the time.

One kid, I told him to stop talking and turn around for 30 seconds straight before he did it. And it wasn't that he just didn't hear me. I was standing right in front of him, he'd look at me, then just kept talking. I ended up keeping some of them back for a bit of recess. It was rather sad because you want your last class to leave good memories. But alas.

One girl, as she was walking out of the class room said "Thanks for tolerating my bad behaviour". At least she noticed.

You'd think that after having two straight demoralising years you'd cut your losses and get out. But I walked out of the school today determined to go back next year and get it right. That may be a silly idea but I want to beat this one, I think I believe in the concept too much. And I like the kids too. I loved that class. If only I could just be their friend.

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Happy Day

Sleep in - Beach - Lie around reading a book - Pub with Mum - BBQ with house - Fouting (Food outing) for Ice Cream with House - West Wing - Sleep

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Feel the Love

I taught Scripture at the local High School today. It's always tough and rewarding.

My favourites tend to be the year 10s. Today I had my last lesson ever with them. I think the like me, although it's hard to tell how often they're just taking the piss.

We spent a fair chunk of the lesson talking about homosexuality. Which was fine. Although I don't really like talking about it because it just makes Christians look like bigots. But we all got a few laughs out of it even if no-one came to a better understanding of anything.

After the class I was walking through the school and found a bunch of the year 10 guys in front of me. They started blocking my path and saying "Tom, it's time for group hug." I suddenly had worries about child protection. But decided it would be better to hug a bunch of year 10 guys. So I gave in was enveloped in a hug of 4 or 5 year 10 guys all of who were bigger then me. Then another saw the fun and jumped on to and accidentally punched me in the head.

It was a nice way to end my four years of scripture teaching with those guys. I felt the love.

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Walk Cat

I went on a bush walk today from somewhere to Otford. It was with one of the guys in my youth group, his dad and two other men they knew. It was a bit of fun. They were good blokes. I do like bush walking. If only I would do it more often.

Biggest problem of the day was that I had to be in Otford at 8am after finishing DVD burning at 2:30am. That was a rather painful experience.

Then I came home tonight and was offered a ticket to The Cat Empire at the Enmore tonight. So thinking that I shouldn't waste an opportunity I went.

They were fun. Good music. Problem was that I didn't know the songs and I wasn't with people I knew very well, so it was all a little surreal. But I'm pretty sure I'm glad I went. At least now I can say I've seen The Cat. And it's just made my year of live music that little bit bigger.

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Sometimes I hate burning DVDs.

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Bor-ing-at

As funny and offensive as Borat is, I'm a bit bored of him at the moment. In every interview I've seen he has all the same jokes. I'm bored of hearing that his sister is "number 4 prostitute in all Kazakhstan" and I'm bored of hearing that if he finds a new wife he'll get a red dress for her off the corpse of his dead wife. I think it'd be more fun if all his answers weren't pre-scripted. It's not like he's trying to avoid saying something offensive.

That's a good title of mine isn't it. I'm thinking of becoming a Copy Editor.

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Black and Shiny

I got four new tyres today. They drive nice. But the man told me my suspension is shot. So I'll be off to Pedders soon. Hooray!

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Academic

It's exam time again and I've done 19 minutes of study. That's a whole 24 seconds more than the last exam. I'm improving. Small steps.

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Shirts Off Has Begun

We (Hayley, Ryan, Mil and I) started "Shirts Off Summer 06/07" today with a trip to the beach. It was fun. I am now well burnt in the non-tanned parts of me. Cancer and brown here I come.

We had chips and scallops for lunch. Yum.

My new car stereo is fun. It plays cds and sounds nice.

I went of meeting for Big Brother Big Sister tonight. It was training for Bigs on Sexuality and how to deal with related issues with their littles. I was a bit scared because I figured being a Christian I was probably going have different ideas from most of the people in the room. I didn't really want to have to tell everyone my views on sex, but I figured that there was a chance I might. So I started bracing myself for feeling like a religious, conservative, prude. But happily, the only time I had to express and opinion I sided with the vast majority of the group because the questions were only on Sex Education. So I was happy with that.

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U2
Disclaimer: I'm going to seem like a gushing fan boy here. But I guess that's what I am.

Ahh, yeah.

It's been 5 days since I last saw U2. And I'm still feeling happy. Mention the concert to me and I can't help but smile.

While I had been planning for a while to camp out, I decided just to go early. The problem was that I couldn't figure out what I'd do with a tent on the dance floor.

We got up early. 6am. It was the first time I've been awake at 6am and happy for, well, ever I think. Jo and I went for an early morning trek into our suburb buy supplies for our day, fruit, bread, chocolate biscuits. That kind of thing. We took our food home, and after some frenetic food creation, noisy concert DVDs, and excitable chatter, Helen, Jon, Jo, Martin and I headed off to Sydney Olympic Park to get in a line.

And after parking in Newington, line up we did. From 9am to 5:30pm. What I learnt in that time was that when a line starts moving 5 hours before the gates open, it's not because the gates have opened early. Over the day the line, at random moments, would move closer to the entrance squashing everyone closer together, meaning that whenever we'd staked out a good spot in the line with plenty of space we'd lose it and have to re-establish our territory again. It was important to establish a large amount of territory because we started in the line with five people, and we ended at about 5:10pm with 11* of us. So we spent most of the day handing out tickets and ushering our friends into the line. I'm not sure if they was the polite thing to do but no one seemed to know.

As we got closer to the concert conversation moved from our normal topics (whatever they are) to U2. Gem got us playing a U2 lyrics game. When Tim arrived he firmly got me swapping U2 facts and competing for Alpha U2 fan. We discussed the set list and most importantly we talked about how to get into the inner sanctum, the restricted area at the front for only the chosen few. I thought that it was going to be by random selection like it's been for the arena tours. But one of our acquaintances we met in the crowd suggested that it might be the first 4,000 people into the stadium. With this possibility, and knowing that no matter what we wanted a good spot, we decided to run (or walk a swiftly as possible) as soon as we got through the gates.

When 5:30 arrived, the gates were opened, the crowd cheered and we all surged forward. As we headed towards the gates (or the two gates as it turned out, security then turnstiles) we trampled peoples pillows and refuse from days of camping. As soon as we were through we were all ushered down the ramp into the stadium. It was cool, it was like we were a band entering the stadium to play our show except there were thousands of us in the band. We walked by catering people, and trucks and portaloos. We saw the blue line from the Sydney 2000 Marathon leading into the stadium. I got flash backs of where I have seen that line all over Sydney. And I imagined what it would have been like to be running down that line after 42kms (or is it 43kms) of running through the hot Sydney sun. And for me, I was at the end too, I was at the climax of a journey with U2 that started about 9 years ago when I borrowed a few CDs off Bevis. Around that time U2 were out here with PopMart, and I thought "That'd be fun to see, but I can't afford it". And now, years later, I'm walking swiftly into a stadium to see the biggest rock band in the world, who have just so happened to become my favourite rock band in the world. The band that have played the soundtrack to my life for almost a decade. They've been there in the joy, and the love, and the sadness, and the lostness, and the faithfulness, and the faithlessness. The band that I've dreamed about seeing for years, both daydreams and real dreams. The band that make me want to be a worship leader so I can get the whole church singing "All I Want is You" (not that they would).

So here I am, with 10 of my closest friends, being told by security guards "Don't Run!". We come out into the stadium, and there it is, the Vertigo stage. The stage that I've been staring at in photos and videos on the internet for months, and it's right in front of my. And I can see the inner-sanctum ahead. It's a whole football field away. People are streaming in. There's no random selection process, just the first 4,000 or so people. I want to get there quicker, but I can't run. And then we're at the gates. I'm expecting the security guards to stop us and say, "Sorry, no more" they have their little clickers out. But they don't make any move. I enter the gate, and they don't stop me, and I'm in, were all in. the stage is there. Just metres ahead of us. I can't believe it. It really is like a dream. It's red, it's black, it's real. Yeah.

We get a spot at the end of the catwalk. We're less than five metres away from where Bono and friends are going to be. I can't believe it. I keep looking at the spot, thinking "That's where Bono is going to be, that's where Larry is going to be, that's where Adam's going to be, that's where the Edge is going be." It's wonderful.

So we settle down for a few more hours of waiting. We sit to secure our position and to rest our weary legs. All day I've been limiting my water intake to make sure I'm only drinking as much as I'm using. I don't want to have to visit the toilet.

I think it's time to switch back to past tense

After a few hours, at 7:30ish, Kanye West came out. I'd been looking forward to him for a while. Because as far as hip-hop goes I quite like him. And he did alright. I felt a bit sorry for him because he's so talented, but lots of people weren't paying attention and he had dodgy sound. "Gold Digger", "Jesus Walks" and "Touch the Sky" were fun. There were two older men standing next to us who thought Kanye was pretty fun. They kept saying things like "I'm afraid I'm actually getting into this" and "All these young people know all the words, I'm not as young as I was."

When Kanye finished we had a bit of a wait again. All the roadies ran out onto the stage to clear things up. Take lights down, put new stuff down, test guitars and their radio gear. We got The Egde and Adam's guitar techs walking down the catwalk. Even that was fun, because they're minor celebrities in U2 fandom.

When 8:30 was almost upon us, and the roadies were almost finished, the rain arrived. Suddenly, the stage filled with roadies again, covering everything with plastic. "Wake Up" by Arcade Fire began to play. And we began to cheer because "Wake Up" is the last song that plays before U2 come out. And then the lights go out. The speakers start shouting at us "Everyone! Everyone! Everyone!" The music starts, "City of Blinding Lights", and the lights come up and there's The Edge on the guitar, Adam on his Bass, Larry on the drums. And theres a commotion to my right, and there, right there, just metres are away, is Bono, at the end of a catwalk wearing an Australian flag.

And they're off. And the concert is fantastic. Everyone is singing as loud as they can. I'm jumping. And it's so much fun. The massive screen is filled with lights, the rain is coming down, and it's magic.

From "City" they go into "Vertigo" which is just good fun. All jumping and singing, red lights, guitars and drums. "I feel your love teaching me how to kneel". Amen.

Then it's "Elevation". The cut down version that they've been doing for this tour. I haven't been a big fan, but as soon as the rock kicks in, it goes off. It's a great song, it reminds me of College Tour 2002 because I edited the video of the tour to that song. It'll always remind me of they tour. It was a good tour.

"Until the End of the World" - "Jesus, this is Judas". The Edge plays guitar like a rock god. Or perhaps like a man possessed. Either way he's can play. And I well I love this song too. Surprise, Surprise.

"New Years Day" followed by "Beautiful Day" with a special insert about "See the Opera House, all white sails right in front of you." Which was fun, though not as good as the original lyrics. Bono ends "Beautiful Day" singing "Hallelujah", and it's goose bumps. Bono can lead worship in my church anytime he wants to, even if he does sometimes swear.

They do "Yahweh" acoustic and I can see Gem, Jem, Jo and Mil go a little nuts. They love that song. I consider how often it is that rock bands sing songs with named after the God of the Hebrews. Not all that often I reckon.

"Walk On" comes next, and that's great. The screen fills with animated Aboriginal art work and it's beautiful. I'm not a big fan of Aboriginal art, but when it's animated to U2 live, it's great. And it's moving, because it's a cry for the indigenous people of Australia. It's a special song and it seems entirely appropriate when played in Australia that it's given to the Aborigines.

Next comes "Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own", a staple song of this tour. Bono tells us that if his father were here tonight he tell him to "take off your f***ing glasses" so he does.

Now it's into the "war" section of the set, "Love and Peace", "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Bullet the Blue Sky". This is cool. So much anger, so much violence in the music. Bono plays his drum at the end of "Love and Peace" at our end the cat walk. He's just there drumming just near us. We can hear the drum when he actually hits it, not when it comes out of the speakers and gets to us. It's weird because it sounds like he's playing out of time.

In "Sunday Bloody Sunday" my favourite bit of the whole show happens. Preempting Bono the whole crowd starts chanting "No more! No more! No more!" And I get shivers down my spine because it feels like we have decided we don't need Bono to leads to call for peace anymore, we don't need Bono, we want justice all on our own. It feels like we own the anger at the terrible things of this world. We're not the audience anymore, we're the leaders. And it feels so good. We're not cheering for a band anymore, were shouting for change.

Bono puts his hand over his mouth.

"Bullet" was cool. Edge's solo is electrifying. I love that song. "Angriest guitar in rock and roll" The Edge is the Man.

"Pride" follows and how can you not love a classic!

Then it's "Where the Streets Have No Name" and this is the song I've been waiting for. If I had to pick one song to see live it'd be this one. And I love it. When the white lights kick in half-way through it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Although probably not because I'm quite hairy and there's a lot of them. But I can tell they really want to stand up and they give it their best shot. The Spirit is in the house! Hallelujah!

For "One" we all pull out our mobiles and the stadium fills with thousands of tiny points of white light all dancing about. It looks amazing. I text my name to end poverty.

And then U2 are finished, at least they pretend to be. But after a lot of cheering the Zoo poker machine video kicks in and they're back with "Zoo Station" and "The Fly" I love "The Fly".

"A man will rise
A man will fall
From the sheer face of love
Like a fly from a wall"

"With or Without You" ends the encore. Bono gets up a girl to dance with and she freaks out. She can't do anything but stand there and scream. Or at least she looks like she's screaming, I can't hear her. But despite her screaming the song is lovely.

When they leave for the second time Bono says "Good night from Bono" then gives the mic to Larry who says "Good night from Bono", Adam mumbles something and The Edge tells us to go to bed. And I want to, I really want to, because the Edge tells me to. And if The Edge tells you, you obey. But I stay because I know there's another encore coming.

And so it does. With "The Saints Are Coming". It's only the second time they've played this song live without Green Day and it's so cool. They seem to be getting back to their punk roots. That song rocks.

"Angel of Harlem" makes me feel a little lost because I know the chorus but not all the verses, damn scratched CD of Howie's. I'll have to go buy it.

And the last song of the night is "Kite" brought out especially for Australian audiences, complete with a didgeridoo player. Right at the end, standing next to us, Bono lets off a kite attached to a helium balloon which is attached to the stage. To let it go he tries to burn the string, but the lighter doesn't light it. Then he tries to pull break the string with his hands, but he can't do that either, so he hands it to a roadie who cuts the string. The kite flies off into the sky till it gets stuck on the massive screen. Finally right at the end, the kite gets caught by the wind and flies off into the night.

And then U2 are gone.

It was very, very special.

I'm a happy man. I walked back to the car, sore, thirsty, hungry and full of joy. It was all I wanted it to be.

I didn't go again on Monday, not because I didn't want to, but I though, once is enough. I didn't want to ruin the specialness. Once is a gracious gift. And I'm content.

When they come back, I'll be there.

*All up there was Jo, Helen, Jon, Mil, Martin, Jem, Gem, Tim, Howie and Jenny. My Auntie was also there with a ticket we got for her, but she cam too lat to join us, that was sad.

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Controv

We had a man from Creation Ministries come to church last night. It was interesting. Good because it exercised my brain. But it was a little disappointing the way he presented his views. He basically said that the literal 6-day creation is the only way to view Genesis, and that if you don't believe that then the Gospel is at stake. It was all rather black and white.

My problem wasn't that I don't believe in the literal 6-day creation (well, I'm not sure about it at least, I have no idea how the world was created, beyond the fact that God did it) but that he spoke as if that was the only right view point. I think the issue is too unclear and debated amongst all types of Christians to write off every other view point. I'm happy for there to be 6 day believers, I'm happy for there to be 6 period believers, I'm happy for there to be all sorts of believers. I want to hold on to God's creation of the world, the perfection of the creation at the beginning, the uniqueness of humanity created in the divine image, and the entrance of death and evil into the world through humanity's choice. After that, I'm happy for us to debate how it all happened. It worries me when we write of all other view points on debatable issues. No-one's going to hell if they don't believe that world is 6009 years old.

I also watched God in My Side tonight, the documentary by Andrew Denton about a Christian Broadcasters Convention in the US. It was funny, lots of clips of cheesy Christian Television, and interesting, and scary. There were some very worrying clips of people talking about their views on Israel. Like the need to stand by Israel no matter what because it is vital to the return of Jesus, even if that means using nukes. Some of the people interviewed were rather extreme. But there were some cool people too. There was a TV producer who made vomit inducing ads, but had a good sense of irony and said smart things and made good jokes. I reckon you should give it a watch.

I took my senior small group to watch it. It was fun. Half of them had no idea what the film was about, so it was kinda fun. Although, I hope they weren't disappointed it was a documentary.

I'm getting a new sound system installed in my car tomorrow.

The U2 blog is coming tomorrow.

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It's a hot night and Newtown has gotten a little bit whacked.

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I'm off to see U2. Goodbye y'all.

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Occurrences

I went out to coffee today and saw Beck in the cafe. Just as the waitress was rocking up Beck asked me across the cafe "Aren't you at college right now?"

To which I replied what I thought was bleedingly obvious "No I'm sitting in a booth in a cafe." The waitress rolled her eyes at me. I feel hurt.

After work I met my friend Mike in a back street near Sydney Uni. He was standing by his car, he opened his boot and handed me a bag full of guns. It was pretty cool. I felt like a weapons dealer.

Then I decided to walk home using a short cut, but sadly my terrible sense of direction meant that I didn't to very well finding a short cut home. It was cold and dark when I arrived. But at least I arrived in time for dinner. It was garlic with a bit of pasta garnish. Though it tasted good. Thanks Mil and Ryan.

Must sleep now. I have to hang out with Adam, Larry, Bono and the Edge tomorrow.

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One Sleep

Tomorrow. I've been waiting a long time for this. Tomorrow is U2 day.

I'll die a happy man.*

*Of course I don't want to die soon after tomorrow. And if I died today I'd die happy. I don't want to have to justify it too much. You know, it's a phrase. Of course you do, you're pretty smart.

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The Men and their Kids

So I did see Children of Men yesterday. It was pretty cool. I really like those apocalyptic kind of movies. The ones where the whole world's gone the Hades in a hand basket. Clive Owen is quite the man. He's such a good reluctant hero. There wasn't once in the whole film where I thought he actually wanted to be there. It was great.

Guns, apocalypse, action, hope. What more could you want?

I also saw Trust the Man. That was pretty typical two couples have issues, break up, get back together at the end, everyone is happy. It made me laugh and feel warm so that's all you want.

It was cold and gray when I went into the cinema the first time, and it was cold and gray when I came out the second time. But for the two hours between films the sun was out, the sky was blue and I couldn't see a cloud. I read, drank tea, and slept in Hyde Park. Mmmm. That's what I'm talkin' about.

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Turn out the Light

I just started writing a post about Children of Men because I went and saw it yesterday. But I decided the title was too good for a post just about a movie. Not that I have a post that can do the title justice, but I certainly don't want to waste it on something that only took two hours and cost $8.50.

Perhaps something about the end of the world is in order. Although, I'm wouldn't say the world will end with darkness but with light. Sunset has been, dawn is coming.

When I turn out the light to go to sleep always the first thing I do is pray. And the first thing I pray is usually the thing that's foremost in my mind. It's the unguarded, undesigned, unplanned prayer of the day. And usually it goes "I don't understand", "Damn it" or "Thank you". It's the truth that comes with darkness I guess.

I like turning out lights these days. I feel like I'm saving the planet.

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I got a distinction for my Job essay. Except it became a pass when they took the late marks off. I'm happy with that. Mr Marker said I needed to do more research. I agree, but I only wanted to spend 45 minutes in the Library. So lazy.

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:-(

I am not the best speller (thank you spell check) but this article says that examiners in Scotland are now going to accept "text-messaging short forms in school examinations", and that scares me.

This doesn't sound good. I very much dislike SMS-speak. It's looks ugly. How much nicer is "People" to "ppl", or "Great" to "gr8", or "Love" to "luv". Anyone who has got and SMS, or an email from me, or has talked to me on MSN, will know that I try and write everything right. I like the challenge of fitting everything I need to say into 160 characters without compromising my correctness. I like things to be correct.

But I don't really have a problem with other people using it in SMS or chat or email. I don't like it, however, when it moves into other things like signs or letters. Things which aren't meant to written quickly. And I don't mind it so much when it comes from young people, the ones who pioneer it and use it for convenience. But when advertisers start saying "Get U and UR friends to txt and enter to win gr8 prizes" it annoys me. It's not genuine. They're co-opting the language of the young to sell stuff back to them. They're trying to look cool, but they look like try hards.

But I think I'm just going to look old fashioned. Writing is going to evolve, and I'm going to think it looks ugly. And that's probably just the way its going to be.

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Design

I'm aware that I'm not exactly a world class HTML king, but one has to do something to celebrate. Hence, the new, temporary, design.

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And the Winner is...

My pick for the winner of the 2006 Melbourne Cup is: YEATS

Trust me. I know these things.

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Special

I have nothing to complain about. Not really.

Did just go up to 7-Eleven and buy Coke and Chips. Happy me.

Not really a world class blogger at the moment.

If I ever become the Pastor of a mega church, don't let me have a sex scandal. I'd like to avoid that is possible. Thanks.

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U2 are coming and I'm already starting to get sad that by this time next week, I will have seen them.

But gosh I'm excited.

So tempted to go on Monday too!

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So Much Sacred in the Month of November

I'm not sure if it's eating my kebab or reading my emails that's making me feel sick. It's probably the kebab seeing as emails don't usually make me feel like this.

John Mayer was awesome! Flippin' fantastic! He's such a good guitarist. The concert was just pure musical pleasure. So many good solos, so many good musicians, lots of good songs.

John himself seems a little fake, or sleazy, or like a rock star. I'm not sure what. When he does solos he seemed to stare at one particular person, which would probably be rather uncomfortable if you were that person I reckon. And playing his guitar, at times, he looked rather orgasmic. So he seemed a little strange. But, damn, can he play. It was great.

And he's coming back in April! Woohoo! If Donny doesn't get in the way, I'll be there and you should join me.

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It's Johnny Mayer night! Woo!

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Rudey

I had my last lecture for Wisdom Literature at college today. It was on Song of Songs. And I heard things said by my lecturer that I never thought I hear discussed at Bible College in such graphic detail. It was pretty special.

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Runnin'

I went for a run yesterday! The last recorded time for such an energetic and fitness creating activity was in April 2004.

Me and some of the other homies (Mil, Martin and Ryan) we all did jogging through the grimy streets of Enmore. Unfortunately due to a medical emergency Mil and Martin had to turn back. Ryan and I, however, soldiered on. We ran to Sydney Park and ran up the hill and then down the hill and then around a bit and then up the hill and then down and then around to another side and up again. Or something like that. And then we ran home.

Ryan took me through all these back streets which I didn't recognise, except I did because every back street in the inner-west looks the same. I was terribly lost. If Ryan was in the mood to kidnap me that would have been the time to do it because I had no idea where I was. I couldn't have escaped or nothing.

Today my legs hurt. But I might go for another run. Maybe on Friday. I'll be staying in Hornsby on Friday so I could do my old run, just for old times sake. Plus, no one could kidnap me there, it's my old stomping ground. I'll stomp on them.

11/01/2006 11:47:00 am

Inappropriate

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I just had to put my jacket on on this hot, mildly hot day, because I had to go help at a funeral and I realised, when I looked at my t-shirt, that it would be inappropriate wearing a "Stuff is Awesome!!" t-shirt to a funeral.

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